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29 March 2011

Cortisol may treat a fear of heights

Adding the stress hormone cortisol to more traditional exposure therapy may help anxious patients overcome their fear of heights, researchers say.

Adding the stress hormone cortisol to more traditional exposure therapy may help anxious patients overcome their fear of heights, researchers say.

"This is a first study - a proof of concept, if you wish," said study lead author Dr Dominique J.-F. de Quervain, director of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Study on acrophobia

"We now need more studies to explore the therapeutic potential of cortisol in combination with psychotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders," de Quervain said.

 
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